Arsenal are the most expensive season ticket according to the BBC. Our cheapest ticket is x10 the expense of the Barcelona equivalent.
Here are the lowlights:
- Arsenal have the most expensive match-day ticket in the Premier League at £97. That’s down £29 on last season but still more than double the most expensive match-day ticket at seven other top-flight clubs
- The Gunners also have the most expensive season ticket in the top flight at £2,013, although it includes seven credits for cup competitions. Their cheapest season ticket is £1,014, which is more than 17 Premier League clubs charge for their most expensive one.
- Manchester City have the league’s cheapest season ticket at £299. That’s cheaper than at 15 Championship clubs, 10 clubs in League One, four in League Two and even one in the Conference.
- Charlton’s £150 season ticket is the cheapest in England’s top four divisions. However, Barcelona charge around £103 for their lowest-priced season ticket.
- In Scotland’s Premiership the average price for the cheapest day out at Premiership matches, including a match-day ticket, pie, cup of tea and a programme, increased by just 61p to £26.95 from last season.
Ok, so tell me something I didn’t know.
It’s worrying even though it’s something that’s consistently been at the forefront of arguments about our spending habits. I mean, for a club that is known for its class… we stick it to people who want to see the game and who want to work for the club on the catering side. All the money that floods into the game never sees the people.
… and look, technically, I get that football is a luxury purchase. You don’t need it in your life. It’s not like bread or water. Any event in London that’s 2 hours worth of premium entertainment is going to be expensive. My gripe is that the reason clubs are cool with the pricing is because people pay it… it’s a proof point that lacks context.
Football is a need for most people. It’s like a drug. They’ll put themselves into debt to pay for it, because the alternative is losing your ticket for years. When I first started buying mine, it was speculative, I couldnt’ afford it, but I punted on being able to be more comfortable with the cost a few years down the line. Others never get to that comfort point. Football ticket priced rising at 4 times the rate of inflation is horrendous, especially when revenues for clubs are increasing at a far more rapid pace.
Personally I’d take a 3% hike in prices if that equated to better pay for the lowest paid. I’m sure if the players donated 3% of a weeks salary for one week we’d be able to support a living wage. I thought the whole point of running a football club is that you could do ostentatious things like help people, and not worry too much about shareholders?
I appreciate we have to support big football salaries… but what is the point in all this TV money if none of it comes back to the fans or the people who make Arsenal great?
Apparently Tomas has picked up an injury to add to the monumental pile up we’ve got going on at the club at the moment. Crazy times people, totally crazy times.
It was amusing some of the feedback from yesterday’s article saying I’d spun what the CEO had said. I’d not spun it at all, if Ivan is the guy I think he is (and I’ve listened to him talk Arsenal off the record, which isn’t a slick and placid as the online videos), I’ll have plotted that piece exactly the way he intended it to be. You rarely get to the top of the corporate game if you’re totally blind to ineptitude. If I can see the problems, 99% of people who read this site can see them… chances are he can as well. Yesterday’s piece was interesting on many levels because it goes beyond talk… you can see some of the things they’ve tried to bring in (and failed, I mean, what happened to that scouting tool. Wenger hasn’t found a DM in two years. What’s that software up to? Probably gathering dust in the boot of Steve Boulds car). They’re recruiting on egg shells, with the hope the manager will utilise some of the tools they’re giving him. He’s not using them at the moment, but it won’t matter in three years, becasue the new manager will have to. Well, a new manager would want to use them… I guess that’s the difference.
I don’t have much to give this morning, so I’ll leave you to chat amongst yourselves. Have a remarkable day.